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Agency to host presentation about wetland

By Staff | Jan 7, 2011

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a presentation about a popular Berkeley County wetland birding site, Stauffer’s Marsh, the evening of Jan. 12 at the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 151 of the Instructional West Building.

Admission is free and anyone is welcome to attend.

The presenter will be Stauffer Miller, a Charlottesville, Va., veterinarian, birder and author who owns the marsh. He will review the property’s natural assets and talk about its future.

About 50 acres in size, the marsh is located on Back Creek Road (Route 7) near Shanghai, in Berkeley County.

Local birders regard it highly, especially as a good site for viewing migrating shorebirds in spring and fall.

In all, some 150 species of birds have been identified on the property. Dragonflies, butterflies, and amphibians may also be seen.

The marsh contains several pools and islands, and there is a trail around part of it.

Some parts of the marsh can be viewed from the roadside and there is sufficient room for cars to pull over. There is also a parking area near the start of the trail.

The marsh is under a conservation easement, so it is protected for future generations.

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a United Way of the Eastern Panhandle partner agency and a member of the Combined Federal Campaign.